The Colorado Society Sons of the American Revolution for several years have sent Continental Soldiers dressed in period correct uniforms into the classrooms of 4th and 5th grade classes not to teach Early American History but to help teachers spark student interest in learning about the heritage of their forefathers by letting the students experience what it was like during the Colonial period. We accomplish this by bringing in a “Patriot Chest” full of hands on teaching aids such as reproduction period items like eye glasses, documents with the King George the III tax stamp, colonial eating utensils, plates, games, toys and period clothing they can wear. Our goal is to have several Patriot Chests throughout the State of Colorado available for presentations. The presenters wear a variety period correct dress for the colonial period including Continental soldiers in blue regimental Coat and tri-corn, Riflemen dressed in hunting frocks, militia and civilian attire. Depending on the number of students and outside room we can set up a small Revolutionary War camp.
WHO WE ARE
The following is off our National Website at WWW.SAR.ORG
The Sons of the American Revolution is the leading male lineage society that perpetuates the ideals of the war for independence. As a historical, educational, and patriotic, non-profit corporation organized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, we seek to maintain and expand the meaning of patriotism, respect for our national symbols, the value of American citizenship, and the unifying force of "e pluribus unum" that was created from the people of many nations -- one nation and one people.
There are several ways to present our program to the students. If the school only has a few small 5th grade classes we have combined all the classes and presented in the library, media center or even outside where we can set up a small Revolutionary War camp. With larger schools we have found that setting up in one classroom and rotating classes through by using the school bell schedule (about 1 hour) works best. Each class would receive a short introduction of presenters and a quick description of their cloths and acctrouments then a 20 to 25 minute demonstration of the colonial period items in the chest at which time they can actually put on period clothing and look at and touch various period items like eye glasses, Tri corn hat, utensils and plates. We then allow the remaining time for questions and photographs.
For additional information and setting dates for presentations contact:
PATRIOT CHEST CHAIRMAN for COLORADO....................George A. Smith
How COSSAR members can help
In order to greatly facilitate our educational efforts in schools, we are undertaking the creation of the "Patriot Chest", a box of items for our members who participate in education for teachers of American history. The goals are to create a chest for each Chapter to use in local school "living history" presentations, allowing young Americans to actuall touch and feel reproduction items from the colonial and American Revolutionary periods. We are currently soliciting monetary and appropriate item donations to create a total of 5 chests, with the first chest being prepared for inspection by COSSAR membership. As a member of COSSAR you can help in three ways:
Offer your services when you are available to make the presentations at the schools. Uniforms and guidelines for your "persona" (which could be your ancestor) can be provided to enhance the effectiveness of your presentation.
The Patriot Chest needs to be filled with items that students of the American Revolution and Colonial period can see and handle.
Examples of the types of items in the Patriot Chest: tea, sugar, lanterns, toys, eating & drinking ware, youth-sized colonial clothing. Perfect for "Show & Tell" at schools.
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